sitting at home or youíre out camping and decide that you want to go
for a walk. Make sure you follow a few simple rules.
permission. Tell someone where you are going. Even if you think you
know your way around, you still need to tell someone.
a friend, buddy up, take someone with you. Itís usually more fun
when you have someone to talk to and discover new things with.
youíre walking down a trail, always turn around occasionally and
look. The path you are on always looks different in the opposite
direction. Stay in areas that you are familiar with.
prepared. Take some items with you that could be useful just in case
you do get lost.
flagging tape or a bright colored bandana. Anything that will draw
A BIG garbage
Tin foil or
A candy bar or
any high energy snack and if you can, grab a bottle of water
A compass (but
you need to make sure you know how to use it or it will be
Carry a jacket
and a hat with you. Even if its nice weather, when the sun goes down
the evenings get chilly.
Be wise. Make sure you don't do anything or go anywhere that you know
mom and dad wonít like.
You did everything you were supposed to do. You followed all the
YOU STILL MANAGED TO GET LOST
Panic. Stay calm. When you panic, you forget to do all the right things.
Take a deep breath and THINK, THINK, THINK.
the nearest tree and
wander. If you stay in one spot, itís easier for us to find you.
you have a friend with you, stay together. Two heads are better than
one. We donít want to end up searching for two separate people.
that you have calmed down, Itís time to think.
very first thing you need to do is BUTTON UP. Put on your hat.
Youíre wondering why huh? Youíre not cold yet, but as soon as the
sun starts going down it starts to get chilly when you live in these
parts. SoooÖ itís better to stay warm then to try and get warm after
Now you have to make yourself
bigger. That means hanging things
in the trees around you that don't
normally grow there. Flagging
tape, bandanas, hair ties. Anything
that will get noticed.
Take your whistle and blow it.
Blow it three short blasts at a time.
Then wait a minute and do it again.
This lets us know where you are.
You can even use twigs or rocks and make a big S.O.S.
there is an open are near you,
you can lay on the ground and
flap your arms and legs ONLY
hear or see an aircraft
flying over. This will be the only
time you should ever sit on the
Now you need to make a nice comfortable
place to sit down and relax. Gather up some
nice dry leaves and twigs and make yourself
a nice bed to sit down on. If you have that
garbage bag with you, stuff it with the leaves. If
or wet out, use the garbage bag to sit onto
keep yourself dry.
If you hear a wild animal, don't be afraid.
Just make a loud noise and they will go away
to find a safe place. They are more afraid of you then you are of them
now you have done everything you need to do. Itís time to wait.
are on our way.
If you hear people calling out to you,
don't be afraid to answer. We are good
strangers. We are there to help. Donít
be afraid of getting into trouble
because mom and dad will be very happyto
you see a search dog coming your
way, don't be afraid. Search dogs arefriendly.
They will come up to you, smellyou,
kiss you, maybe bark andthen
DO NOT FOLLOW THE DOG!!!
can run much faster than you and if you try to follow them, you can
become lost all over again.